Venice Carnival, 08 - 25 February 2020. Practical infos, times and guide

Venice Carnival

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WHERE: Venice, Italy
WHEN: 08 – 25 February 2020

“A mask tells us more than one face” (Oscar Wilde)

Venice and the Carnival, an indissoluble couple.

No city in the world, can better enhance the traditional costume party. It will be for its atmosphere. It will be for the evocative charm of the lagoon … There is no doubt that those who love this party, can certainly not miss the Venice Carnival. It is one of the most popular and appreciated events in the world.

An event in which masks, and disguises, are the real protagonists. An event in which everyone participates joyfully and carefree. The moment when everyone gets rid of their daily life, identifying themselves with their character and their disguise. No prejudice; no class difference. Venice becomes a unique and immense stage, where everyone is an actor, a protagonist and a spectator.

Italian Carnival of Venice

Among the most famous and popular masks, there is certainly the Bauta, a purely Venetian figure, with a mask covering the whole face, and a dark cloak. Both men and women wear it. In ancient times, it was used above all for courting completely anonymously.

The origins of the party are quite ancient. A document from the 11th century mentions, for the first time, the term Carnival, combining it with public entertainment. The first official document declaring the Venice Carnival, a public festival, dates back to 1296.

Today, the Venice Carnival is an absolutely unique and unmissable event. The right opportunity to (re) discover an absolutely marvelous city.


Also for this edition, a full schedule of events and shows is planned. Among these, the Festa delle Marie and the Volo dell’Angelo are probably the most famous. Both have very ancient origins and are reproduced quite faithfully in their traditional versions.

Carnevale di Venezia 2011 - Festa delle Marie

Photo, 2011 Godromil

The Festa delle Marie has been restored to the 1999. It is a beautiful and spectacular procession that accompanies twelve local beauties, that is, the Marie. The girls are chosen through a special competition in the weeks preceding the Venice Carnival. The procession starts from San Piero di Castello, and, along Via Garibaldi and Riva degli Schiavoni, will arrive on the stage of Piazza San Marco. Here, the presentation of the 12 Marie and the parades of the parade will take place. It closes with the Making it Collective. It is a historical dance, which unfolds like a snake for Piazza San Marco; among music, dances and dancers, many spectators will be involved.

The call is of great appeal Angel’s Flight. An artist, makes the descent from the bell tower of Piazza San Marco, attached to a metal cable. All you have to do is look up in the sky. The show is guaranteed. Given the success, the show is also presented a second time, under a different name. It is about the Flight of the Eagle.

The Venetian festival on the water, instead, it marks the official way to the Venice Carnival. It is an evocative event on the waters of the Rio di Cannaregio. Many boats will parade on the water in a wonderful game of lights and sounds. Very beautiful. The show takes place this year in two editions. The Svolo of Leon it is the ritual that marks the end of the Venice Carnival. The winged Lion, symbol of the city, will be raised up to the Campanile di Piazza San Marco. Ready to welcome him, the twelve Marie.

Finally, for a truly unforgettable experience, from 15 to 25 February awaits you Dinner & Ball. From 21:00 to 02:00, you can dine at Ca ‘Vendramin Calergi; it is a majestic Palace, overlooking the Grand Canal, with splendid Renaissance rooms. More than a simple dinner, an exclusive experience where you meet the pleasures of food and party. The price is well 500,00 € per person and places are limited.


Venice Carnival

Below, the main events on the bill not to be missed. The complete list is available on the official website of the Venice Carnival.

  • 09 Feb, 10:30. Venetian festival on the water, part two.
  • 15 Feb, 14:30. Procession of the Feast of the Marie. Arrival on the stage of Piazza San Marco around the 16.00. Following presentation of 12 Marie and the parades of the parade.
  • 15 Feb, 16:30-18:30. Mestre Carnival Street Show. Dozens of artists and musicians will perform on the streets of Mestre with traveling shows. Along the way, music and shows. Grand finale in Piazza Ferretto.
  • 16 Feb, 11:00-13:00. Mestre Carnival Street Show.
  • 16 Feb, 12:00. Angel’s Flight. The event will be preceded, at 11:00, from shows and entertainment with many groups and artists, including precious costumes, colors, refinement and history.
  • From 20 to 25, 15:00-22:00. The Carnival of Burano. Parades, shows and lots of entertainment in the wonderful Burano.
  • From 20 to 25, 16:30-18:30. Mestre Carnival Street Show.
  • 22 Feb, 15:00-17:00. Parade of wagons in Marghera. Twelve large masked wagons, as usual, will parade through the streets of Marghera. The fashion show will follow this path: Bartolomeo Benvenuto, via Avesani, P.le della Concordia, P.zza Mercato, via Cesare Rossarol, via Angelo Toffoli, P.le Lazzaro, via Giorgio Rizzardi, P.zza Sant’Antonio and conclusion P. Market.
  • 23 Feb, 12:00. Il Volo dell’Aquila, at Piazza San Marco.
  • 23 Feb, 12:00. The Flight of the Donkey. A fun version of the eagle’s “twin” event. Appointment, in this case, in the center of Mestre.

  • 25 Feb, 16:30. Maria award ceremony of the 2019 Carnival. Departure of the water procession from San Giacomo dell’Orio, at 16, and arrival at Piazza San Marco. At 16:30 there is the coronation by the Doge of the sweetest and most graceful damsel.
  • 25 Feb, 17:00. The Svolo del Leon.


Venice it is, without a doubt, one of the most visited and most touristic cities, especially in conjunction with events like this. In this period, it is very difficult to find accommodation in the center. Furthermore, prices rise in an incredible way.

We recommend that you find accommodation in Venice Lido. Alternatively, in Mestre, there are excellent opportunities. Thanks to an efficient transport system, active 24 hours on 24, you will have the maximum freedom to move around the city.

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